October 21, 2008

Mark Garner to Chair NAMIC Board of Directors

NEW YORK, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Mark Garner, vice president, Distribution & Business Development, A&E Television Networks has been elected to chair the Board of Directors for NAMIC (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications). Garner succeeds outgoing Board Chair, Alicin Williamson. Williamson, the senior vice president of Corporate Responsibility and Public Affairs for MTV Networks, is concluding a two-year term and will continue her board affiliation as Immediate Past Chair. Garner and other newly elected and re-elected officers begin serving terms as of November 1, 2008.

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Business leaders elected to join Garner and Kathy Johnson, president, NAMIC as part of the board's Executive Committee include Mae Douglas, SVP & Chief People Officer, Cox Communications (Vice Chair); Marsha J. Conaway, Regional VP, Human Resources, Midwest Region, Time Warner Cable (Treasurer); and Lucinda Martinez Desir, VP, Market Development, Home Box Office (Secretary).

"As a collective body, the vision and knowledge of our board is invaluable," said Kathy Johnson, president, NAMIC, Inc. "It would be impossible to further our mission without the commitment and insight of this illustrious group of business leaders."

Newly elected board directors include Eric Brown, EVP, The Africa Channel; Jason Eanes, VP, Affiliate Sales, Univision; Lisa Choi-Owens, SVP, Distribution & Partnerships, Scripps Networks Digital; and Michelle Rice, EVP, Affiliate Sales & Marketing, TV One. Patricia Andrews-Keenan, Chief Strategist, The Tallulah Group; Sheila Gilmore, President, The Gilmore Group; Earle F. Jones, VP, Federal Affairs, Comcast Eastern Division; Lenore Washington-Graham, VP, Strategic Resourcing, Scripps Networks; and Loretta Young Walker, SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc. are among the returning board directors re-elected to serve additional terms.

Additional board directors slated to serve for 2009 include: Valeria Arana, Director, Consumer Marketing, Telemundo Network; Kenetta Bailey, SVP, Marketing, WE tv; James Brown, SVP, Programming & Acquisitions, ESPN; Albert Cheng, EVP, Digital Media, Disney ABC Television Group, The Walt Disney Company; Michael Cooper, VP, Affiliate Marketing/Ad Sales, Fox Cable Networks; Matthew de Ganon, SVP, Emerging Businesses, The Weather Channel Interactive, Inc.; Clara Felix, VP, Consumer Research, Showtime Networks Inc.; Lino Garcia, GM, ESPN Deportes; Raymond Gutierrez, EVP, Human Resources, Showtime Networks Inc., CBS Interactive Media, CSTV Networks, Inc.; Douglas V. Holloway, President, NBC Networks Distribution, Partnerships & Affiliate Marketing, NBC Universal; Mark Horn, Principal, Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Deloitte Consulting LLP; Veronica Hutchinson, VP, Programming, BET; Mark Kang, VP, Affiliate Relations, The Sportsman Channel; Tracy Lawrence, Executive Director, Russell Reynolds Associates; Reinaldo Llano, Director, Corporate Community Relations, Bright House Networks; Filemon Lopez, Regional SVP, South Florida Region, Comcast Cable; Sandra Murillo Weber; Joiava Philpott, Corporate VP & Senior Counsel, Charter Communications; Loretta Polk, VP & General Counsel, NCTA; Danielle Wade, VP, Customer Service & Marketing, Bright House Networks; Winston Warrior, Senior Director, Marketing & Creative Services, Cox Enterprises; and Akihiko "Kiko" F. Washington, SVP, Worldwide Human Resources, Warner Bros. Entertainment.


NAMIC (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications) is the premier organization focusing on multi-ethnic diversity in the communications industry. Founded in 1980 as a non-profit trade association, today NAMIC is comprised of 2,000 professionals belonging to a network of 17 chapters nationwide. Through initiatives that focus on education, advocacy and empowerment, NAMIC champions equity and inclusion in the workforce, with special attention given to ensuring that the leadership cadres of our nation's communications industry giants reflect the multi-ethnic richness of the populations they serve. For more information, please visit http://www.namic.com/.

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CONTACT: Daphne Leroy, Vice President of Marketing & Communications,NAMIC, +1-212-594-5985 (office), [email protected]; or Charmaine Chapmanof BTB Communications, +1-310-882-5498 (office), [email protected]

Web Site: http://www.namic.com/